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A Sony Walkman Review and Giveaway

Just in time for Christmas! I reviewed the Sony W walkman a while back and loved it. It has a lot of great features, holds a lot of music but there were just a few small things that it needed to be worked out. Recently, contacted by those who make the Sony W again to try out the new Meb Keflezighi version, I agreed and before I knew it, I was running with the updated version, which is awesome! It basically has all the small updates that I was looking for.

I really liked the original music player but this one added an on/off switch and a few

If you read my previous review, it took me quite some time to figure out how to turn off the music player… Now with an easy on and off switch, it’s dummy proof. That little OPR light next to it blinks red when it needs to be charged and shows it’s charging when it’s plugged in.

They have also added a button for playlists as well. Wow these look really dirty in this picture but they are not! I changed out the little ear pieces to the smaller size and once I did that they fit and stayed put in my ears.

I really like how loud the music gets and it works out great with no cords. I also like how it’s water resistant, so I can take it with me in the rain and sweat all over it and it stays on and works well. I think the upgrade to the size of the ear pieces and shape of the ear pieces are much better looking. The other ear pieces just looked older and outdated.

Just like before, it’s super easy to plug into your computer, both windows and mac OS and you just drag music to the folder on the device and you are set to go. I still don’t use the Zappin Feature because I like to hear the whole song instead of just a small portion of it, but one of my most favorite features of the Special Meb Keflezighi edition is the fact that there are little sayings and tips that he says to you throughout the workout. They don’t relate specifically to your workout, but are more tips about training in general and how to get the most out of each workout. It’s always fun to hear the music amp up and his voice while you are in the middle of a run or at the gym.

Honestly, the ease of using this thing is what makes me choose it over any other music player. I do like the ipod, but the cords get annoying and I’ve even gotten chaffed from my iPod arm case. This is easy, light weight and it’s all you need, not headphones, the case, the ipod. I love that I can just throw it in my gym bag and leave and not worry about all the other stuff. I also really like that I can plug in, upload music and be done with it. It’s all one in one compact place and I don’t have to worry about it slipping out of my ears or headphones flopping around. Done!

So, Sony was kind enough to send me TWO W Walkman, one for myself to test out, and one for one lucky reader!

So if you wanted to enter the giveaway, just leave a comment with your favorite pump up song RIGHT NOW. I’m in the mood for some new music for the Holiday season and my training for Arkansas.  That will count as one entry.

If you’d like to tweet, just make sure to include @chicrunner in your tweet and also the website: That will count as one more entry.

If you don’t win, don’t be sad, because up until December 24th, they are offering $10 off on You can get your own for only 49.99! Find it Here! Add this bad boy to your Christmas list, you won’t be disappointed!

So lets hear those songs that you are listening to to enter yourself to win! (Contest will close 12/16, but have no fear, I’ll have another one giveaway next Tuesday! Also, Sony sent me one free Walkman and one to giveaway for this review/giveaway opportunity)


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  • Reply Naomi

    I remember your last giveaway for this and have been wanting to try it ever since. I recently came across “I Look Good” by Chalie Boy. It’s a new favorite on my playlist!

    December 14, 2011 at 7:11 am
  • Reply Elliott

    It’s an oldie but I still love Stronger by Christina Aguillera!

    December 14, 2011 at 7:21 am
  • Reply Kyra Pelachik

    T.H.E. (the hardest ever) by Ever since I saw it on the latest awards show, it’s been my favorite!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Kim

    Don’t Stop Believin will always be my favorite song on my playlist.

    December 14, 2011 at 9:25 am
  • Reply Joanney

    I love “Push it” by Salt n Pepa and any jock jam from the 90s lol!

    December 14, 2011 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Devona

    I love my MJ mix and especially “Don’t Stop till You Get Enough”!!!

    December 14, 2011 at 11:59 am
  • Reply Leah

    I love Brag on my Lord by Trip Lee. I listen to christian rap and this one gets me pumped up and ready to hit the pavement!

    December 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Jessica

    I love “stronger” by Kayne West. You just can’t listen to it and not feel pumped!

    December 14, 2011 at 1:56 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Black Eyed Peas – “I Gotta Feeling” always gets me pumped up!

    December 14, 2011 at 2:19 pm
  • Reply kiley

    Eye of the tiger! Nothing like a little Rocky and some air punches while running lol

    December 14, 2011 at 3:42 pm
  • Reply gwen

    my latest fav song – I just came to say Hello

    December 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm
  • Reply mary

    I love Beyonce’s “Countdown” and Jay-Z’s “Paris.” Both make great running songs.

    December 14, 2011 at 4:23 pm
  • Reply Jean Mooring

    If “Kickstart My Heart” by Motley Crue doesn’t get you moving, nothing will!!

    December 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm
  • Reply Sarah

    “Stronger” by Kanye West. It’s an old song but it always pumps me up in the middle of a run!

    December 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Maria Kokal

    New favorite song – the Wop song by L.Dash.

    I start every race with Animal I Have Become by Three Days Grace. Gets me pumped up without fail.


    December 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm
  • Reply Mel

    Ditto to the obsession with Rihanna’s “We Found Love.” I also love Kelly Clarkson’s new album, “Mr. Know It All” gets me moving.

    December 14, 2011 at 7:02 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Kelly Clarkson: “Stronger”…love it!

    December 14, 2011 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply nicole

    sexy and i know it- LMFAO

    December 14, 2011 at 7:28 pm
  • Reply Jacky

    Vertigo by U2, older Linkin Park songs, anything by Three Days Grace

    December 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm
  • Reply Melinda

    Gotta Have It by Jay Z & Kanye

    December 15, 2011 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Misty

    LMFAO – Party Rock

    December 15, 2011 at 8:03 am
  • Reply Colleen

    I have so many I love, but I’m going to say anything by Sleigh Bells (I don’t know the name of the song I’m thinking of, but all their songs are fun to run to!)

    December 15, 2011 at 8:51 am
  • Reply Genevieve

    Mumford and Sons – pretty much anything from them!

    December 15, 2011 at 10:21 am
  • Reply Laura

    Sabotage by the Beastie Boys is a fav right now for me.

    December 15, 2011 at 10:51 am
  • Reply Anne

    The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance – Vampire Kids vs Miike Snow. And it has to be the vs version. The original, while I’m sure is good, is not quite as pumped up as this one.

    December 15, 2011 at 11:36 am
  • Reply Rachel

    I love me some A plus D. They do mashups of songs. Right now my fav is Alien vs. Zombie (Katy Perry’s ET vs. Cranberries Zombie. You can get it for free at…I used them alot when in the cycle classes I teach!

    December 15, 2011 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Laurel C

    what pumps me up is any good country song! especially by Luke Bryan :)

    December 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm
  • Reply Cynthia

    I tend to alternate between news podcasts, oldies and showtunes when running and my fave at the moment is “You and Me” from the Book of Mormon. There’s a line that goes “As long as we stick together, and I stay out of your way (out of my way).” I just love bursting out with the line ‘out of my way!’ line while pounding it out on the pavement. Ridiculous? Yup!

    December 15, 2011 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Sara

    Michael Buble- haven’t met you yet. It makes me smile while I’m running

    December 15, 2011 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply WadiaSoft

    A holiday pump it up song _All I Want For Christmas Is You” by Mariah Carey

    December 15, 2011 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    Love Rhianna’s We found love. I would love this player, I am so done with my headphone cord, especially in the winter when when it freezes stiff!

    December 16, 2011 at 4:29 am
  • Reply Fiona McG

    FloRida jump ft Nelly Furtado is awesome as is ET by KP (I hated it when I first heard it, thats why its slowly grown on me and im lovin it now!!!)

    December 16, 2011 at 6:45 am
  • Reply Kalie

    Oh, I am loving running to JayZ and Kanye “watch the throne”! merry christmas! :)

    December 16, 2011 at 10:35 am
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